WITH the first week of parliament kicking off next week, Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed is settling into her new office along Vaughan Street and is preparing for her inaugural speech.
Since the declaration of the polls at the end of last year that saw her take the seat, Suzanna has been busy meeting with the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews in Melbourne, taking part in two full days of induction, visiting the Katunga Field Day to look at the on-farm water improvements that have been rolled out as well as getting her boots dirty at International Dairy Week.
Suzanna also spent some time on Friday meeting with the Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, where she discussed the GV Health service plan and master plan as well as the funding needed to get the project going and gunning for commitment from the Labor Government.
Suzanna said, “We opened the front door on January 12 and we’ve had many people from across the region contact us to make appointments. I’ve met with local Indigenous leaders and the Minister for Local Government Aboriginal Affairs and Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins.
“I will be meeting with the Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan in the first week back at parliament, which will give me the opportunity to talk about the rail for this region.
“The fact that we have been neglected for so long is political and now we have a Labor Government in, the question will be, do they want to help Shepparton out now that there is an Independent here.
“I expect to give my inaugural speech when we go back to parliament where I will be talking about what I perceive to be the neglected areas of regional Victoria. I will be talking about this region, its agriculture, horticulture, dairy, the multicultural nature of our community and how Shepparton has the biggest Indigenous community outside of Melbourne. I will also discuss a little of my campaign and the four major issues that were on the agenda during that time.
“Our doors are open and I welcome the community to drop into the office or phone in if they have any issues that they wish to bring to my attention.”
To reach Suzanna Sheed, drop into 5 Vaughan Street, Shepparton or phone 5831 6944.